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Alumni

U-M Theatre graduates find careers in a large number of performance, production, educational and administrative areas throughout the U.S. and the world. The solid academic education and professional training received at the University of Michigan equips our graduates to compete and succeed in a wide range of artistic, visible and rewarding careers. For more alumni news, see our news page.

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2017

Janak Jha- Nikos Stage Master Electrician, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Abbey Kojima- Electrics Intern at Baltimore Center Stage - Baltimore, MD

 

2016

Lindsay Balaka- Costumer Intern, Disney Creative Costuming, Anaheim CA

Jessica Browning- ASM, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, UT

Jean-Luc DeLadurantaye- Freelance Assistant Costume Designer, NYC

Caleb Foote- TV: American Crime Story: Versace, American Horror Story (recurring), Grey’s Anatomy. Theatre: Zoot Suit, The Mark Taper Forum, LA; Hand to God, San Diego Rep

Sarah Frank- Production and Design Fellow, Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY

Rachel Kaplow- Production Assistant, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford CT

Kayleigh Laymon- Lead SM, The Speakeasy SF, San Francisco, CA

Graham Techler- Mad Love, New Jersey Repertory Theatre

Lindsay Wormser- Artistic Intern, New York Theatre Workshop; Producer, Cry Eden

2015

Angela Alvarez- Freelance Scenic Artist and Charge; The Juilliard School, Playwrights Horizons, NYC.

Lucy Briggs- Flyman / Automation for Cinderella, Worklight Productions

Caitlin Cisco (Chou)- TV: Disrespecting Miss Wednesday; Theatre: The Hundred We Are, Origin Theatre Company, NYC; 4000 Miles, Capitol Repertory Theatre, NY

W. Matt Daniels- TV: Chicago Med

Rachel Kaplow- Production Assistant, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT

Scott Kloosterman- Asst. Director, Pocatello, Griffin Theatre, Chicago

Elana Lantry- Assistant General Manager, Loose Change Productions, NYC

Miriam Michaels- Assistant Stage Manager, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT

Jackson Pierce- Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.

Teagan Rose- TV: Scandal, Happy: Webseries Producer and Actor; The Middle, Future You; Theatre: Dry Land, Echo Theatre Company, The Great Gatsby, Indiana Repertory Theatre

Jocelyn Weberg- Women’s Board & Benefits Assistant, Goodman Theatre

2014

Leslie Bates-Reich- Installation Designer, Motawi Tileworks & University and Development Events at U-M, Ann Arbor

Ben Blackman- Richard II (title role) Shakespeare in the Square, NYC

Jeffery Freelon- TV: Chicago PD, NBC

Melissa Golliday- MFA Drama Candidate in Group #49, Juilliard School

Jenn Elyse Jacobs-Asst. Stage Manager at Keen Company, NYC

Zoe Kanters- Youtube Streaming: Swing ‘17

Sarah Korn- Sampling Studio Artist, Scünci, Stamford, CT

Katie Lantz- Associate producer, MWM Live

Chelsea Most- Communications Specialist, Videri: the active image company, New York, NY

Kelsey Socha- MS Library and Information Science Candidate at Simmons College, Boston, MA

Aaron Tacy-Asst. master electrician, Spoleto Festival and Williamston Festival

Jacqueline Toboni- Film: Liked, The Last Room  (2016): TV Grimm, (series regular), Major Crimes

Sam Vettrus ’14 Flyman/rigger, Mamma Mia National Tour

Elizabeth Williams ‘14 Designer, Illuminart, Metro Detroit, MI

2013

Michael Barbour-Asst. Stage Manager,Grand Concourse,Playwrights Horizons

Brit Baron (Uomoleale)-  TV:  G.L.O.W., Netflix comedy series, 10 episodes; Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Alyssa Battersby- Wig Crew, Miss Saigon Broadway , NYC

Emily Berman- Sense and Sensibility, Old Globe Theatre; TV: Chicago Fire (2016)

Allison Brown-Actor and co-author:The Party’s Over,Manhattan Rep Theatre’s New Work Festival

Laura Beth Cohen- Law Student, Ann Arbor

Kerry Concannon- Assistant Stage Manager, Sweeney Todd, Barrow St Theatre NYC

Shannon Eagen- Film: Message in a Bottle; Broadway: Airline Highway, Samuel Friedman Theatre
Neal Kelley-Director,Becket,Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC
Katie Lantz-Production management intern at the Public Theatre

Geehoon Lim-Production Management Assistant, Amazing Grace, Pre-Broadway World Premiere

Andrew Lott- Lighting Director, The Lighting Design Group, NYC

Emily Lyon- Director, Panic, 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, Theatro LATEA at the Clemente

Eli Schlatter- Freelance Scenic Designer/Technician, Minneapolis MN

2012

Rachael Danielle Albert- Freelance Stage Manager: Wooly Mammoth Theater Co, Studio Theatre and Arena Stage; Washington, D.C.

Reed Campbell-  Nice Work If You Can Get It,  National Tour

Amanda Cohen-TheatreWorks:Red,NYC rehearsal Asst. Stage Manager.

Emma Berdie Donson- TV: Momsters: When Moms Go Bad; Film: The Last Room (2016) Webseries: Dating and Auditioning

Kelsy Durkin- Production Asst,  A Wonderful Life, and Indian Joe. Goodspeed Musicals, CT.

Aislinn Frantz-Literary Assistant, Brett Adams, LTD

Lisa Griebel-Properties carpenter at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

Lily Marks-TV: Welcome to Camden (2016)

Jesse Peri-The Beaux’ Stratagem(Bagshot),A Noise Within Theatre, Los Angeles
Carolyn Reich-production assistant, Trinity Repertory, Providence, RI.

Emily Stromberg- Entertainment Production Coordinator, Universal Studios, Hollywood

2011

Michael Bou-Maroun-Asst. Set Designer,King Hedley II,Arena Stage, Washington D.C.

Jordan Lee Braun- Assistant Stage Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Corey Davis-Associate at Neiman Marcus Bridal, Seattle.

Becca Rothman Eldredge- Managing Dir. and Associate Producer, Venice Institute for the Performing Arts, Venice, Fl

Michelle Elias-Resident Stage Manager at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.

Arielle Goldman-  TV: The Knick (6 episodes), Film: Fishkill; Theatre: Public Enemy, The Pearl Theatre Company, NYC
Pomme Koch ’11 Broadway: The Band’s Visit, Understudy, Barrymore Theatre
Corey Lubowich-Resident set designer for Team StarKid.
Adam McCarthy-Started a new job in Chicago at Kehoe Designs, an event décor company, as their in house lighting designer and technician.
Shawn McCulloch- Assistant Costume Designer/Shopper for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 on Netflix
Yonit Olshan-Costume Apprentice at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Sarah Petty-Resident lighting designer for Team Starkid.
Joey Richter-Film: Non Transferrable, That Summer  TV: Henry Danger

Kacie Smith-Director:The Boxer,Athenaeum Theatre; DirectorsLabChicago participant.
Marguerite Woodward-Completed a costume internship at New York Theatre Workshop, worked on the B’way transfer of Once and is currently assisting David Wollard on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

 

2010

Bridget Gabbe-  Film: Ocean’s Eight TV: I Loved You But I Lied, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Mitch Hodges- Stage Manager, The Phantom of the Opera, North America Tour

Andres Holder-Director of Artistic Operations, Washington Ballet, Washington, D.C.
Rachel Jahn- 2nd year as costume design Intern at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.
Craig Kidwell- Freelance Electrican, Fly Into the Sun Gala, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center
Laura Lapidus- Theatre: Bad Jews, Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C; George Street Theatre, New Jersey

Betsy Lynch- Technical Support specialist for ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls)

Gail McCormick-  Communications strategist, Penn State Eberly College of Science
Shawn McCulloch- Asst. Costume Designer to Tony Award winning designer, Catherine Zuber on upcoming Broadway and Kennedy Center projects.
Tedra Millan- Resident member, The Flea Theatre, New York: The Bats, She Kills Monsters.
McKean Rand (Scheu)- Television: Awakening.
Yuri Sardarov- Film: Argo; TV: Chicago PD; Chicago Fire; (series regular)
Liam White- Often directs/produces videos for “Funny or Die” and is currently filming the Starkid tour.

Torrey Wigfield- Film:Lost River(2014).

 

2009

Darren Criss- TV: American Crime Story (10 episodes), Glee (90 episodes) Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig)

Lee Chrisman- Award for Best Nonfiction Web Series, Austin Web Fest 2017 (Stirrup, Vimeo)

A.J. Dobbs- Production Stage Manager and Technical Director, Hagen Berghof Playwright’s Foundation Theater.

 Corey Dorris-Will start his 3rd year at The Juilliard School towards a Diploma in Drama.

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe- Stardust Christmas (’17), Harlequin Theatre, Olympia WA

Cassandra Flowers- Concert and Event Manager, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, MN
Angela Kiessel-Stage Mgr. for Starkid Productions in Chicago.
Seth Moore-The Flea Theatre, New York: performed in Future Anxiety; wrote for, performed in The Connectors.

Joe Moses-The Joe Moses Showses: Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago, and The Shakespeare Theatre.
Caitlin O’Rourke-Stage Mgr. Intern for Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY.

Dylan Saunders- TV: Pig Goat Banana Cricket (voice),  Kevin From Work. Singer/Songwriter: Confluence 

Stephanie Shechter-Production electrician,The Tonight Show.

Meg Shelly-Playwrights Horizons in New York City as the Auction Administrator planning the 2012 Online and Silent honoring the 5 Pulitzer Prize winning plays that were produced at Playwrights. Sells merchandise at Book of Mormon, Wicked, Ghost, Once, and Jesus Christ Superstar with The Araca Group and intern for Brilliant Event Planning in her spare time!

 

2008

Jenn Gazdecki-Entertainment technician at Walt Disney World Resorts.

John Jarboe- Artistic Director, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

Gina Rattan-Broadway: Resident Director, Matilda the Musical, Soul Doctor, Associate Director, Dramaturg; Cinderella the Musical

Lena Sands-Costume Designer, Film:Chasing Taste.
Kyle Serilla-Chicago-based casting director. Recently started casting his fourth season for Chicago Children's Theatre. Most recently cast "Complicated", a new rock musical for the inaugural season of the Three Oaks Theater Festival.

Katie Shattock- Cutter draper, The Joffrey Ballet

 

2007

Patrick Chu- Development & Programing Executive: Amazon Studios
Sas Goldberg-
TV: Odd Mom Out, The Battery’s Down (6 episodes);  Broadway: Significant Other, Booth Theatre, NYC

Christina M. (Hagan) Fisher- Asst. Supervisor-Entertainment, SeaWorld Orlando
Shayna Markowitz- Independent Casting Director, NYC
Alex Reed-Clash of the Titans 2, (2012).
Lena Sands-NY & Chicago based costume designer, credits including Changes of Heart, Remy Bumpo, & Bad Dates, Shakeseare & Co. Ass’t Costume Designer to Beth Clancy incl. Measure for Measure at The Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park and the national tour of A Christmas Story. In the fall will begin pursuing MFA at CalArts.

Eric Schinzer- TV: The Tim&Michah Project (pilot); Stupid Bitch Syndrome

Stephen Siercks-Production Mgr. and Stage Mgr. for Universal Studios.
Rachel Soglin-Television:The United States of Tara, National commercials for Kelloggs, Verizon.

Stephen Sposito- Broadway: Resident Director and 1st and 2nd National Tour, Wicked; Assoc. Director, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Asst. Director, Promises, Promises and Shrek The Musical.
Joey Walls-Resident Lighting Designer for Helen Hayes Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company: Factory 449. Add’l credits with Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington DC, Ballet Spartanburg in South Carolina, American University, and NYMF. Also the TD for Woodrow Wilson High School, a very large DC public school and teach tech classes for them; ME for the Washington Ballet which performs throughout DC & the Kennedy Center.

James Wolk-TV: Zoo, Mad Men, The Crazy Ones, (all series regular); Robot Chicken

2006

Mikala Bierma-New York based comedian. Her work has been featured on Jezebel, Dan Savage’s Slog, Buzzfeed, The Awl, Perez Hilton, Queerty, Logotv.com and The Huffington Post.

Katie McKee-Asst. Stage Mgr. forHairWhere Do I GoNational Tour.

Edward Morris-Set Designer, LaMaMa, Atlantic Theatre Company, The Barrow Group, Yale Opera and others
Taran Muller-Just completed her MFA in costume design from Penn State and after traveling to Italy this summer; will move to NYC and start her job as a dyer at DyeNamix.
Matthew Smith-Wrote End of the world Love song which was produced at the Flea Theatre.

Benj Pasek-2013 Tony Nominee for A Christmas Story: Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

Justin Paul-2013 Tony Nominee for A Christmas Story: Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

2005

De’Lon Grant-  Broadway: Come From Away,  Schoenfeld Theatre

Beth Hoyt-  Film/TV: Ask a Badass With Elizabeth Banks,  Inside Amy Schumer (3 episodes)

Anika Solveig Pensiero-Resident Artist, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Maureen Sebastian-Film, TV: Minority Report, Revolution (series regular), Ironside; Off-Broadway: Lonely I’m Not, Second Stage.

Chris Shand-Film: Escapee, Growth. Television: Entourage, 10 Things I Hate About You, True Blood.

Erin Whipkey-Production Manager and Production Stage Manager for Opera Memphis.


2004

Zachary Booth (Dorff)-   Film: The Revival, TV: The Good Fight (recurring); Broadway: The Winslow Boy, American Airlines Theatre

Brad Frazier- TV:  Madam Secretary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Billions

Amanda Heuermann-Asst. Stage Manager for Joffrey Ballet.
Holly Maples-On the faculty at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Kathryn Renee Thomas-TV: Actor, Writer, Teachers (2014)

2003

Jesse Cantrell- Television Writer: Younger, Review.

De’Lon Grant-National Tour ofJersey Boys.

Josh Lefkowitz- Award winning poet; won The Society of Classical Poets Friends of Falun Gong contest

Caleb Levengood- Resident Set Designer, National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center ‘16-‘17
Betsy (Tholen) Hammerberg-After completing her MA in Elementary Education at UM, moved to Syria to teach second grade at an international school, got deported from Syria, then moved to Vietnam to teach first grade at another international school. Now living in Vienna and doing learning support at the international school. Next year she’ll be teaching second grade again. Has an Etsy shop with jewelry inspired by her travels.

Katherine Banks McBride- Group Sales and Promotion Coordinator, UMS

Christina Reynolds-Television Producer,Shark Tank.

Jon Rosen-Sports Broadcaster for Fox Sports West.

2002

Alix Claps- Theatre Attorney, Heymann & Fletcher, Randolph, N.J.

Benjamin Endsley Klein- Broadway:  Director: Ann, Vivian Beaumont Theatre; Associate Director: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

David Garcia- Casting Producer, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Rachel Laritz-
Costume designs at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Joel Silver- Associate Lighting Designer, National Tour: American Idiot.

2001

Heather Chockley- PSM, Phantom of the Opera Tour

Marc Kamler-Partner /Vice President, Alternative and International Television, APA Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles.

2000

Sandra Abrevaya-Press Secretary at Department of Education, Washington D.C.
Elijah Alexander-Film: Amazing Love (2012)

Heidi Katherine- Vice President of Creative Design, Moss Inc; Chicago, IL

Angela Lewis- TV& Film: Snowfall (recurring) 

Dominique Morisseau-Playwright, winner of Kennedy Prize for Drama forDetroit ’67
Michael Rubenstone-The Goldbergs, Revenge, The Mentalist
Jennifer Slimko-Film: Trim, The Flyboys, Yesterday Was a Lie, Television: The Game, Judging Amy.

1999

Lee Chrisman- TV:  These Three Girls, A Perfect Fifth, Dating and Auditioning

Chris Jamros-Creative Director / Graphic Artist, KSDK TV, Newschannel 5, NYC
Angela Lewis-Recently starred with Tonya Pinkins in Milk With Sugarat Playwrights Horizons. She also appeared at The Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, The McCarter Theater, The O’Neill Festival, and received a Best Leading Actress nomination for the Audelco Award.

Jason Lindner-Playwright and actor for The Flying Machine’s adaptation ofFrankenstein,nominated for four Drama Desk Awards.
Dominique Morisseau-Author of two NAACP Image Award-winning plays; participated with six other writers at the 2010 O’Neill Center’s Nat’l Playwrights Conference.
Matt Oberg-Film: Brave New Jersey, (2016), Superstore;  TV: The Comedians
Robin Quick-Professor of Theater at Towson University; Elliott Hayes Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy by the Literary Mgrs and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

1998

Jeff Bender-A Time To Kill,John Golden Theatre, Broadway

Sophina Brown- TV: Zoo (5 episodes)

Bernardo De Paula-TV: NCIS, Miracle Man, Major Crimes
Erika Furey-
Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia

Ed Lewis- Voiceover Director:  Nella the Princess Knight ( Nickelodeon) Pinkaliscious (PBS)

 

1997

Mark Alhadeff- Member of The Actors Theatre Company, NYC

Jonathan Berry- Director, You Got Older, Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre ‘18, Chicago. Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf since 2015

Adam Greenfield- Associate Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons, New York.

Ryan Palmer-Asst. art director, for TV and Film:The Normal Heart, The Americans, The Nest.

1996

Paul Collins- Asst. Professor, Scenic and Lighting Design, Central Michigan University

Heather Dilly-Off Broadway: Walk Two Moons, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Bag Fulla Money,The Clurman Theatre. Regional: Natural Selection,Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival.

1995

Evelyn Collins-Currently completing an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership, recently wrote the book and lyrics, produced and directed "Born To Sing" in Ann Arbor, premiering a new documentary, "Dreaming In Color" in Fall 2013.

Stephen Di Benedetto-PublishedAn Introduction to Theatre Design; Routledge

Alex Farino-Production Stage Mgr. for Minnesota Opera.

1994

Joe Gold-Filmmaker, actor:Desperate Acts of Magic; Senior Lovin’(Winner, “Best Web Series on Instagram Video.)

Mandy Siegfried- TV: Elementary, The Good Wife, The Following

Christina Traister- Asst. Professor, Acting and Movement, Graduate Program Director, Michigan State University.

1993

Miriam Shor- Film: Puerto Ricans in Paris TV: The Younger (series regular 2016), The Good Wife (series regular)

1992

Nipper Knapp-TV/Film:One & Done (2104); numerous national commercials.

Matt Letscher- Film: Legends of Tomorrow (12 episodes), The Flash, 13 Hours  

1991

Dana White-Full Professor at Otterbein Univ.; USA Designer; and Resident Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre

1988

David Turner-General Manager of Stuart Thompson Productions and Manager of numerous Broadway productions and tours such as The Book of Mormon, Jerusalem and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. From 1994-2007 he founded and ran the Adirondack Theatre Festival where e produced over 60 plays and musicals.

Margo Martindale-2011 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in the FX drama, Justified.
Michael Roth-Composer, musical director and arranger whose recent credits include, Ah Wilderness at Arena Stage & The Prince of Atlantis at South Coast Rep; upcoming: Henry V at Stratford, A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer; the documentary Jews & Baseball on PBS
Esther Chae-performer, writer and artist whose credits include So the Arrow Flies, Alameda, and Ddan Da Ddan

1973

Pamela Guest- Lifetime member of Actors Studio; Film: Cleopatra Backstage (IndieFEST Award of Merit and Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Recognition)

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